Shine a Spotlight On the Dark Parts of Your Life

Oh, don’t we like to keep our dirty laundry in a closed hamper, our sins under wraps, our skeletons in the closet.

Unfortunately, this means expending a LOT of energy as the keeper of all these beasts. Cages have high overhead costs. Lying, hiding and worrying require energy and are mostly fuelled by fear.

The big secret is that our secrets usually aren’t. Everyone sighs with relief when we finally admit we were pretending not to see “the elephant in the room.”

If someone we know wasn’t already aware of the beast we were harbouring, when we expose it, they feel free to let their own beasts out. Courage is contagious. Everyone feels better. The air is clearer. The weight of carrying all that extra guilt and fear adds lightness to our step, smiles to our faces, more room in our hearts.


Reputations are over-rated, despite popular opinion.  It takes character to shine a spotlight on the dark parts of your life.

An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.
………..~ Henri Matisse

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
………..~ Abraham Lincoln

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.”
………..~ William Shakespeare


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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12 Responses to Shine a Spotlight On the Dark Parts of Your Life

  1. Carol Boyer says:

    Great Image Carol.

    Keep Creating!

  2. Wonderful! And incredibly timely. I’ve always found that once I stop dancing around the edges of the eggshells and just plant my #9’s that whatever the confrontation, it’s never, ever as dire as I’ve anticipated. I don’t die, and I can always breathe a little easier. Thanks Carol–I have to go tie my shoes…

    • Carol Wiebe says:

      You’ve painted a vivid picture here, Julianne. My shoes need doing up as well, but doesn’t everyone have velcro these days?

  3. Deb Sims says:

    Some wise person said “To be an artist one must lose the fear of being wrong.” Fear is contagious just as courage is contagious. I choose courage and the joy of following my bliss and damn the nay sayers and party poopers!

  4. jted says:

    Keeping skeletons in glass closets… that’s what your post made me think of. I love the quote by Shakespeare, that reputation is an imposition. Even truer in the age of social media.

  5. Carol Wiebe says:

    Skeletons in glass closets–what a wonderful way of saying that we shouldn’t waste energy trying to hide our painfully obvious sins.

  6. Sherri B. says:

    Beautiful work and oh, so wise words!

    • Carol Wiebe says:

      Sherri, I am always happy to receive a comment from you. I get to your blog whenever I can and revel in your photos and words.

  7. I love this post and “Spotlight”. It is a cut to the chase statement, “Cages have high overhead costs”. It is a wonderful pay it forward when we find the courage to expose our own beast, inviting others to expose theirs as well,…without judgement.

    Shining a light on our dark side gives us a chance to manage that beast instead of being consumed by it.

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